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Please help me fix my camcorder

When I press the record button it beeps and the screen goes black and then it goes back to the screen but it is not recording

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Re: please help me fix my camcorder

The record button is no good it happens on your model and the zr 500 and 600 as well needs to go to canon.

Posted on Nov 19, 2007

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